New corners 2011–Part 2
Here they are at long last: The Pillows.
I taught myself to sew (with some hand-holding from my amazing sister-in-law Havilah) two summers ago. I have since discovered that I sew much the same way I cook, and for that matter, parent. I skim a few books, get a general idea how things should go, and just forge ahead, often with disastrous results.
These pillows were doomed from the beginning. I have never quilted, but wanted to try my hand at log cabin piecing. So I cut out all the pieces with great zeal, only to realize I did it all wrong. And had to recut. And pick apart an entire pillow. It took me another month just to finish quilting the fronts. I backed and stuffed them the day before my family arrived for Thanksgiving, then called Havilah in a panic.
“How do I sew up the opening? Should I just hot glue it together?”
“No!” she cried. “Not after all the work you’ve put into them.” So I hand-stitched the openings and tossed them on the couch. The entire family cheered.
“Yeah, Mom’s pillows are done!” (We can finally eat at the table again.)
I was so exhausted from the endeavor, I hid my sewing machine deep in the basement and declared I was done with sewing.
But when I woke up in the morning and came downstairs, the first thing to greet me were those bright, happy pillows. Red and blue are my favorite color combo, and I chose bright because so much of our landscape around here is white, white, white. And those pillows just boost my spirits every time I look at them. Or pick them up, which is often, even though Seth keeps saying, “Don’t touch Mom’s pillows! Don’t even breathe on Mom’s pillows.”
I would definitely do things a bit differently next time. Rounding out those corners comes to mind. But still, I am pleased with these pillows of mine.
They look especially fine when accompanied by a sedentary toddler, don’t you think?
So even though I said I would never sew again, not ever, there’s this shower curtain idea I’ve been wanting to try…